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Penry seeks favor in Springs

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

COLORADO SPRINGS — “It’s weird running against your old boss,” confessed state senator and Republican gubernatorial candidate Josh Penry, 33, of his opponent, former 3rd District Congressman Scott McInnis, 56, both of Grand Junction.

A dozen corporate executives burst out laughing at the roundtable discussion in the boardroom of The Office Club in the Briargate community north of Colorado Springs. The July 30 event was hosted by Buddy Gilmore, CEO of Shape Technologies LLC, a defense contracting firm.

Dem, GOP, Libertarian chairs tell how parties work

“Election 2009,” a unique project sponsored by Business Leaders for Responsible Government and headed up by John Brackney, president of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, recently kicked off its series with a panel discussion among the chairs of the state’s Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties.

Green energy fans praise Xcel fee withdrawal

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

News of Xcel’s decision to withdraw its proposal to charge a small monthly fee to the users of solar panels came as a relief to Gov. Bill Ritter and other proponents of the renewable resource.

Dems stunned by extent of cuts

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The budget pain is only going to get worse.

That was the message from Gov. Bill Ritter Tuesday night to Democratic lawmakers during a budget briefing held at the Governor’s Mansion.

Lawmakers eye tax breaks with yearning

Coloradans keep $2.1 billion in tax credits, and that's not (all) bull semen

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

In America, tax breaks are a way of life.

At the federal level, Americans receive tax credits on such important purchases as homes and hybrid vehicles.

It’s no different at the state level. In 2009, Coloradans will save on taxes when they buy farm equipment and manufacturing supplies — and also when they pay for smaller necessities such as prescription drugs, food and child care.

Path takes Marostica to Ritter cabinet

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Rep. Don Marostica is known as a politician who forges his own path.

The second-term Republican from Loveland has never been shy about bucking the GOP when he felt it was wrong, and often he has been dangerously honest in sharing his concerns with reporters.

Conservatives rally to oppose Obama health plan

By Lucy McFadden
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

The conservative side of the health care reform debate took the stage at lunchtime on Tuesday as several hundred supporters of Americans for Prosperity — the same group that organized tax protest Tea Parties on April 15 and July 4 — gathered on the West Steps of the Capitol to voice their opposition to the public health care plan now being debated in Congress.

And then there were those who support Obama’s plans

A few hours after the Capitol rally against government intrusion into health care, those in favor of President Barack Obama’s health care reform plan staged their own rally at the same site.

Gov. Ritter seeks mercy from feds

By Jason Kosena
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Gov. Bill Ritter indicated this week that further cuts in the budget for the state’s higher education system could be on the way.

At a Monday press conference, Ritter said his office is seeking a waiver from the federal government’s requirement that Colorado maintain K-12 and higher education budgets at or above 2005-’06 levels to qualify for $760 million in stimulus dollars approved by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama earlier this year.

Panel recaps tire debate

By Leslie Jorgensen
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Colorado has earned a reputation as a cutting-edge “green” state with a government that promotes recycled products and clean-energy-producing wind farms in its efforts to save the planet.